DJ Patrick grabbed wins in the long jump and triple jump to lead the Elmore County track team to a strong performance at the River Region Invitational in Selma last week. Patrick won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 5 inches before destroying the competition by more than five feet in the triple jump finals.
In the 200-meter dash, Patrick finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Wetumpka’s Terrance Thomas for his lone second-place finish of the day. Elmore County’s Reece Baker finished four-tenths of a second behind his teammate to finish fourth in the event.
Zefeniah Edwards grabbed his first win of the season, running the 800 in 2:04.84. He finished more than two seconds ahead of Wetumpka’s Cory Anthony in the finals.
The Elmore County boys relay team won first place in both the 4×400 and the 4×8, winning both by just over six seconds.
Kwan Bickley won first place in the boys high jump after being the only participant to clear the bar at 5-10.00. Dalton Odom finished second in the javelin throw finals with a throw of 126 feet and 2 inches.
Panthers taken down in first area series
Elmore County saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of an unlikely opponent. The Panthers entered last week as No. 10 in Class 4A but the area opener at Handley quickly brought the team back down to earth.
Austin Downey took the mound in the first game of the series but Handley got to the Panther ace quickly, scoring five runs in the first inning. Elmore County came storming back with five runs of its own in the second inning.
Downey contributed to his cause with an RBI single in the third inning to tie the game 6-6. However, Handley would get the final say, scoring two more runs of Downey in an 8-6 win over the Panthers.
Elmore County (12-4) responded well in the first game of the doubleheader in Eclectic two days later. Landon Maynard was one of three Panthers with two hits and led the team with two runs batted in while pitching a complete game on the mound.
Maynard struck out nine batters across seven innings while allowing just four hits and no earned runs in the 7-2 victory.
However, it was Handley who would walk away on top of the Area 5 standings after putting up 19 runs with the help of eight errors by Elmore County in the series finale. The Panthers allowed 15 unearned runs and could not make up the difference at the plate, falling 19-7.
Elmore County now sits in third place in the area but will have a chance to claw back into the playoff picture with a series against area leaders Holtville next week.